Yesterday evening I came to the realization that I am feeling overwhelmed. I am a horrible multi-tasker and I will be the first to admit it. I work best when I can focus on one thing, complete it and then go to the next task. Unfortunately, nothing in my life right now lends itself to the way I operate. Now that I am working on Fridays, I no longer have one day to focus on laundry, cleaning and getting things done. I am constantly running from one incomplete task to another, trying to keep up with daily chaos that is married life with two kids. I can’t get my home to the point of clean or finish the laundry. Feeding, clothing, helping with homework and caring for the kids is also a constant flow of things to do.
I am always fighting with my budget to make sure I hit my goals. I am also going to be out of town for the next two weekends and also took a day trip last Saturday. I am also having some minor health issues which the doctor said it could be anything from anemia to multiple sclerosis (tests pending). Did I mention my mother in coming? Throw in two personal goals (snowflake $525 towards my mortgage and declutter 21 bags/boxes of things), and I feel like I am losing my mind.
So what can I do about it?
- Celebrate the few successes I am having. Snowflaking to date: $5.00 selling kids clothes, $6.19 Saving Star, $20.78 work reimbursement, $55.86 cash rewards from credit, $9 unused funds from paycheck. Total: $96.83. Declutter Challenge: 1 box of random items donated and 1 bag of plastic bags recycled. Total: 2
- Figure out what I can eliminate. We’ve already committed to the upcoming trips but do I need to chaperon my daughter’s field trip the day before I am going out of town and my mother arrives? Nope. I am also going to try to take advantage of the time my daughter is at her soccer practice. I love to sit and watch her practice, but I just don’t have time for that right now!
- Make taking care of myself a priority. I need to get more sleep, eat better, drink water and exercise. So far, I haven’t anything towards this except start taking iron pills and getting an emergency root canal last Friday. (ouch!)
- Acknowledge that my “problems” are not serious issues and be grateful for the wonderful life I have.
That’s all I got. What do you do when you are feeling overwhelmed?